July 21, 2022
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The Albanian government is delivering on one of its key election commitments to make it easier for thousands of suburban and regional Australians to see a GP.
An update to the Dispensing Priority Area (DPA) classification system will now recognize 700 areas with full or partial DPA classification, meaning practices will be able to recruit GPs from a much wider group of doctors.
This is the result of the Albanian government’s electoral commitment to provide automatic DPA classification to regional centers classified as Modified Monash (MM) 2, as well as to maintain DPA classifications in exceptional circumstances.
Areas such as Cairns, Townsville, Kiama, Torquay and Two Rocks, among others, will now be DPA classified.
Areas with chronic shortages of GPs such as the NSW Central Coast, Caboolture and the Narangba – Burpengary catchments will also receive priority access to the DPA.
It is a commitment by the Albanian government to continue to support and encourage GPs to work in communities in need and to provide regional and rural Australians with more equitable access to quality care.
The DPA changes will take effect from today.
Comments attributable to Health and Aged Care Minister Mark Butler
“The previous government neglected our hardworking GPs for over a decade, with regional Australia suffering the most from their inaction.
“I am proud to be able to quickly deliver on our campaign pledge to provide more doctors to regional Australia.
“These much-needed GPs will be able to travel to these areas of need and get to work immediately, providing Australians with essential care close to home.”
Comments attributable to Assistant Minister of Rural and Regional Health Emma McBride
“As a pharmacist for 20 years and a local MP, I understand the importance of having quality health care close to home.
“The further you live from a big city, the more difficult it is to access healthcare, which is why it is so important to give these communities priority access to GPs.
“I look forward to continuing my work with GPs, training colleges, medical schools, and states and territories to find ongoing solutions to health issues in their communities.”